Brighton is, in my humble opinion, the most creative place in the UK. Of course, I’m not alone in my opinion and the abundance of street art, independent shops and numerous festivals showcasing our talent prove that I’m not the only one that thinks Brighton is the best place for creatives. Brighton does a lot of things better than any other place in the UK, and one of those things is art. Brighton is a treasure trove for art lovers, with a number of quirky art galleries showcasing the very best local talent. Here are some of our favourites.
Bellis: The gorgeous seafront shop and gallery specialises in local art. The gallery exhibits over twenty local artists’ works, with permanent exhibitions of Ulrika Jarl’s, Harriet Butler, Angie Meaden-Bonnel and Miranda Swift. Situated on the Kings Road, Bellis gives visitors a chance to buy some incredibly unique things, all while supporting the local community.
ONCA Gallery: ONCA, which stands for One Network for Conservation and the Arts, defines itself as a left-leaning art gallery. The ONCA Gallery ‘curate and host exhibitions, performances, outreach and events that ask questions, tell stories and initiate conversations about environmental and social change’. ONCA also host a series of weekly talks and events featuring a range of guest speakers, performers and thinkers. They have a number of exhibitions that go hand in hand with its ethos of facing environmental change.
Phoenix: Phoenix is a charitable arts organisation based at Waterloo Place and is proud of its status as ‘the largest artist-led arts organisation in the South East of England’. The gallery is run for and by artists and features both international and local art. The gallery has become the venue for large-scale exhibitions such as the Brighton Photo Fringe and The White Nights installations. You can read our piece on an upcoming exhibition at the Phoenix here.
IO: This gallery is situated right in the heart of the North Laine’s and hosts over 100 artists at any given time. Exhibiting everything from glassworks to ceramics, jewellery and paintings, IO has something for everyone. They also strongly believe in fair trade and to be as ecological as possible.
Ink_d: This edgy gallery has become a hit with Brightonians and art lovers alike. Independently run, the gallery shows original, challenging and exciting art. Ink_d ‘supports and nurtures local talent alongside the rising stars and established artists, the gallery show a range of painting, prints, sculptures and ceramics with an emphasis on the cutting edge.’. The gallery curates eight exhibitions a year and have played host to artists such as Sir Peter Blake, Kennard Phillips and Stanley Donwood. You can read our article on a current exhibition at Ink_d here.
feature image: ONCA Gallery